Guided Discovery for Personal Leadership and Workplace Effectiveness (GDPLWE) Pilot Program

Stanislaus State is pleased to offer an exciting new pilot opportunity this spring 2021 semester for any faculty, staff or administrator interested in participating in an engaging and facilitated self-discovery program designed to enhance personal leadership skills and create plans for further professional development and growth.

Participants will meet and learn from colleagues and an expert facilitator; hear and speak with panels of campus leaders and experts in different fields; utilize new tools to better understand leadership styles; and gain insights, skills and knowledge that will be beneficial personally and professionally. GDPLWE participants will meet on Zoom on eight Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. (see dates below).

The program will be led by Professor Annette Nellen from San José State University who launched a similar, very successful professional development program seven years ago that continues today at San José State University.

What’s involved:

  • Eight (8) Zoom meetings from noon to 1 p.m. on (sessions will be recorded for participants).  Recommendation is that you are available to personally attend 6 out of the 8 scheduled Zoom sessions so you are able to participate in the discussions and receive the maximum benefit from the program:
    • Feb. 12 and 26
    • March 12 and 26
    • April 16 and 30
    • May 7 and 21
  • Read, review and discuss two leadership strengths books that participants will receive at no cost:
    • Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Bradberry, T. & Greaves, J. Includes an online assessment tool.
    • The Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide – Revised and Updated, Daniels, D. & Price, V.
  • It is expected that attendees participate in this optional and voluntary program by using non-work hours to read the two short books; eight lunch hours will be used to participate in discussions via Zoom. Since the lunch hour meetings will be recorded, it will be possible to view these facilitated conversations at a later date if occasional conflicts arise.
  • Opportunities to learn from fellow participants and campus leaders about leadership skills and ideas to practice and further develop a plan for professional growth and future accomplishments.
  • Option to attend occasional voluntary meetings (via Zoom) with colleagues in smaller groups to share ideas and plans.
  • REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  Register by Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.   Registration is required to participate.
  • Registered participants will receive a confirmation email and Zoom meeting information the week of Feb. 8.

President Ellen Junn is very pleased and supportive of this pilot opportunity and she encourages supervisors to support and allow staff to adjust their lunch hour to accommodate voluntary participation in the eight sessions over the course of the spring semester. Human Resources, Equal Opportunity and Compliance (HREOC) together with Academic Affairs and University Extended and International Education are covering all associated costs.

Additional details will be featured on the HREOC website and announced early next week and during the President’s Spring Welcome Address.

Questions? Please contact Julie Johnson or Marla Clark in HREOC.


Professor Annette Nellen, CPA Esq.

Leadership Journey Reflection Panel - March 12th

Carolina Alfaro, Director, Warrior Cross Cultural Center
Faimous Harrison, Ph.D., Dean, Stockton Campus
Andy Klingelhoefer, Interim AVP, Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Rosalee Rush, Ph.D., Sr. AVP for Communications, Marketing and Media Relations

Leadership Journey Reflections from An Expert Panel of Wise Vice Presidents - April 30th

Sylvia Alva, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs - Cal Poly Pomona
Mitch Avila, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs - CSU Channel Islands
William Franklin, Vice President, Student Affairs - CSU Dominguez Hills
Wm. Gregory Sawyer, Vice President, Student Affairs - Sonoma State
Mary Stephens, Interim Vice President, Business and Finance - Stanislaus, Long Beach, San Marcos